Frank J. Blommaerts CPO
Frank passed away on Thursday Feb.6th 2014 shortly after completing a two week trip to Belgium to say good-bye to family and lifelong friends. He was born March 18th 1928, to Catharina Francisca (Leza) Domen and Augustus Leopoldus Blommaerts in Antwerp Belgium.
Frank met and then married Martha Vinck on December 27th 1952. Unable to speak English, the Blommaerts immigrated to Canada by boat on the M/S Seven Seas in 1957 with only $100 in their pocket. In 1965 the family moved to the United States and settled in the Portland area; Frank later became an American citizen. Frank and Martha divorced in 1981.
Frank attended UCLA and North Western Colleges. In 1980, with the encouragement of his colleagues, he opened Eastside Orthotics and Prosthetics where he helped countless people with disabilities until his retirement in 2002. He was greatly respected by his colleagues and also known as a very sharp dresser.
Frank leaves behind: three daughters, Yolanda Nolten, Linda Eisele and Ingrid Thompson; five grandchildren, three great grandchildren; he was preceded in death by his grandson Jayson Eisele. Visitation for Frank will be held on Saturday February 15, 2014 from 12-4pm at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held during that time at 2:00pm on Saturday February 15, 2014 also at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home in Gresham, Oregon.